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|Kansas City (21-27)||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||13||0|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Yadier Molina looked perfectly comfortable in the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
Molina hit a two-run homer in the first inning and doubled home a run in the third before his sacrifice fly in the fourth scored Pete Kozma.
"Yadier is pretty flexible," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "We like him wherever he hits. Today he did a nice job hitting in the second position."
Molina had batted fifth 40 times and sixth seven times this year.
"It doesn't matter for me," he said. "I've got the same approach: I'm going to be aggressive."
While the Cardinals own the best road record in the majors at 19-9, the Royals dropped their ninth straight home game - one shy of the franchise record set last year.
"We're playing good," Molina said. "We've got some good offense. Right now, we're seeing the ball pretty good. We're finding some holes. We're showing the people we've got a pretty good team. Hopefully we can continue to do that for the rest of the season."
Wainwright (7-3) struck out five and walked none in eight innings for the win. He allowed 12 hits, his most since Sept. 14, 2010, against the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander gave up 12 hits over 22 1-3 innings in his previous three starts.
"Early on, they got some hits off some bad pitches and I felt like as the game went on they put some really good at-bats against me and hit some good pitches as well," Wainwright said. "I broke several of their bats and they found holes. The got some good hits as well on good pitches. I think as a pitcher no matter what happens on the other side you just have to keep battling and keep making pitches and eventually if you keep making pitches things will work out."
Edward Mujica gave up a hit in the ninth but earned his 15th save in as many opportunities.
Shields (2-6) yielded nine hits and season highs of six runs and five walks over six innings while losing his fourth straight start.
"I wasn't commanding my fastball and I was getting behind in the count and then I started walking guys," Shields said. "We've just got to gut it out. We've got great effort in here."
After rain delayed the start for 62 minutes, the Cardinals opened the game with Matt Carpenter's single and Molina's third home run.
It was the first time Molina had faced Shields.
"Shields is a good pitcher," Molina said. "My brother (caught) him in Tampa. I watched him a bunch of times on TV. I've got a pretty good idea what he brings to the table. He made a couple of mistakes in the middle and I took advantage."
Molina's double in the third scored Daniel Descalso. Molina scored on Allen Craig's single.
The Royals answered with two runs in the bottom half. Gordon scored on a wild pitch and Eric Hosmer contributed an RBI single.
The Cardinals expanded their lead in the sixth when Carpenter's double scored Descalso, who had three hits and a walk.
"We showed some life," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We had Wainwright on the ropes, but we couldn't get the big hit."
|Yadier Molina homers and drives in four runs to help the Cardinals dump the Royals. (USATSI)|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Matt Carpenter, RF-3B||4||1||2||1||1||0||1||.303|
|Yadier Molina, C||2||2||2||4||2||0||0||.346|
|Carlos Beltran, DH||3||0||0||0||2||0||6||.289|
|Allen Craig, LF||5||0||3||1||0||0||3||.302|
|Matt Adams, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||3||3||.362|
|David Freese, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.241|
|Shane Robinson, PR-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.184|
|Jon Jay, CF||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.266|
|Pete Kozma, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.276|
|Daniel Descalso, 2B||3||2||3||0||1||0||0||.247|
|2B - Matt Carpenter (16, Shields), Yadier Molina (14, Shields), Daniel Descalso (7, Chen)|
|HR - Yadier Molina (3, Shields)|
|SF - Yadier Molina (2)|
|RBI - Matt Carpenter (17), Yadier Molina 4 (27), Allen Craig (36)|
|2-OUT RBI - Matt Carpenter (10)|
|SB - Jon Jay (2, 2nd base off Chen/Kottaras)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Outfield Assists - Matt Carpenter 1, Jon Jay 1|
|DP - Wainwright-Kozma-Adams, Jay-Adams|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Adam Wainwright (W,7-3)||8||12||3||3||0||5||0||2.48|
|Edward Mujica (S,15)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.05|
|HBP - Tejada (by Adam Wainwright)|
|WP - Adam Wainwright (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 104-74, Edward Mujica 15-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 8-8|
|Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 34, Edward Mujica 4|
|Kansas City Royals|
|David Lough, CF||5||1||4||0||0||1||1||.320|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||5||0||1||0||0||0||3||.254|
|Alex Gordon, LF||4||1||2||1||0||0||2||.338|
|Billy Butler, DH||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.268|
|Miguel Tejada, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.324|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.220|
|George Kottaras, C||4||0||1||0||0||3||1||.167|
|Elliot Johnson, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.265|
|2B - David Lough (2, Wainwright)|
|RBI - Alex Gordon (31), Eric Hosmer (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Eric Hosmer (6)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Escobar-Johnson-Hosmer, Shields-Johnson-Hosmer|
|Kansas City Royals|
|James Shields (L,2-6)||6||9||6||6||5||4||1||2.96|
|IBB - Molina by Bruce Chen|
|Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 107-63, Tim Collins 18-12, Bruce Chen 43-26|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 8-4, Tim Collins 1-1|
|Batters Faced - James Shields 30, Tim Collins 5, Bruce Chen 9|
|Attendance - 34746|
|Game Time - 2:46|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - David Rackley, Third Base - Andy Fletcher|